Panel: Without Sin: Taboo and Freedom within Digital Media
Content Osmosis refers to a situation when an aspect of a medium’s content is transferred to the personality of an audience, such as intellectual content making the audience feel more intellectual, or when the exclusiveness of the content makes the audience believe that they are exclusive. This enhancement, however, may only be a belief by an audience rather than something that is observable: the audience does not actually become more intelligent, exclusive or whatever. Content Osmosis is a medium subterfuge which is often used to obtain financial profit from the audience, and content osmosis is often incorporated into the content of a medium according to its indented audience.
- Don Ritter is a Canadian artist and writer living in Berlin. His work refers to the social function of media and its relationship with hegemony, servility, and commoditization. Within his interactive installations, audiences participate in social portraits that are determined through physical body activity and voice. Ritter’s work has focused on performances of interactive video controlled by live, improvised music. His writings are primarily concerned with media literacy, ethics, and aesthetics. Ritter’s video-sound installations and performances have been exhibited at festivals and museums throughout Europe, North America and Asia, including SITE Santa Fe (USA), Winter Olympics 2010 Cultural Olympiad (Vancouver), Metrònom (Barcelona), Sonambiente Sound Festival (Berlin), Exit Festival (Paris), and New Music America (New York City). Ritter has degrees in Electronics Engineering Technology (Northern Alberta Institute of Technology), Fine Arts and Psychology (University of Waterloo), and a Masters in Visual Studies (Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Center for Advanced Visual Studies). He has held full-time professorships in art and design at Concordia University (Montréal) and at Pratt Institute (New York City). His work has received support and recognition from the Canada Council, The Banff Centre (Canada), Pratt Institute (USA), ZKM (Germany), Ars Electronica (Austria), DGArtes (Portugal),the Goethe Institute (Germany), and the European Union Culture Programme. aesthetic-machinery.com